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Old 07-11-2008, 12:07 AM
 
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What do you guys think about the estimates I personally think they`re way off population had to decline more then like 2000 people. I got a article from the semgoc that says it declined by 11.1% over one year. But i would rater wait and see the 2010 census anyways.
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:16 AM
 
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Well, if you're talking about the actual city of Detroit, a lot of young middle class people have been moving in, so it actually might have begun plugging the population leak a little.
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:25 PM
 
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One young person for a family of 5 wont do anything in my opinion to stop the bleeding. My family left cause of all the problems we had down there.Journal Newspapers Online is the site it talks about romulus pop.increase slighty. I dont know how to post it but it says detroits population was 918000 and declined 11.1% in that year i dont know what the answer would be to that but I think detroit is worse then even when i left.
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Old 07-11-2008, 09:22 PM
 
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I see the Detroit population dropping still, not as much as it has in recent years though. I believe that the new developments downtown could save the population. I can also see the Highland Park population decreasing big time also.
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Old 07-11-2008, 09:33 PM
 
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Ah yes, the downtown fallacy.

Of course, it isn't a Detroit problem but a Midwestern problem. People look at old pictures from the 1930's, and say "Whoa, look at all those people buying stuff downtown! We have to get more white folks living downtown, then the city will be great like it was!" Of course they forget that downtown is only 1 square mile out of 100 square miles. People from Cleveland, to Toledo, to Detroit get excited about a few yuppies moving into urban warehouse conversion lofts, but then are bewildered when the population continues to drop massively. Well, for each yuppie couple moving in downtown, there's a dozen families from the other - ignored - 99 square miles of city that keep moving out.
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Old 07-12-2008, 08:06 AM
 
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We live in a society that thinks bigger is better. We jockey to see who has the biggest populations. When Detroit's drops, it's considered horrible.

But why?

Detroit's population was 2 million at the height of industrialism. Now there's no need for a massive population in Detroit, so it's adjusting. Not necessarily bad.

At over 900,000 people, Detroit is still hundreds of thousands of people larger than San Fran, Boston, Miami, DC, Seattle, New Orleans.

It's not the size of the waves...
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:35 AM
 
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Ah yes, the downtown fallacy.

Of course, it isn't a Detroit problem but a Midwestern problem. People look at old pictures from the 1930's, and say "Whoa, look at all those people buying stuff downtown! We have to get more white folks living downtown, then the city will be great like it was!" Of course they forget that downtown is only 1 square mile out of 100 square miles. People from Cleveland, to Toledo, to Detroit get excited about a few yuppies moving into urban warehouse conversion lofts, but then are bewildered when the population continues to drop massively. Well, for each yuppie couple moving in downtown, there's a dozen families from the other - ignored - 99 square miles of city that keep moving out.
I agree with what you are saying, I understand that a few people moving downtown is not at all going to balance out the other decaying Detroit neighborhoods. What I was saying is that the Detroit population is not going to fall like in years past (1980 pop. -20%). I believe that the city will lose population but that it will be in the 2-6% range. No one will really know until the census year.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:26 AM
 
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Yeah until the real census nobody knows. What do you guys think detroits population will be in 2010, I think like 800000 people or less. Downtown is okay but it is suffering like the rest of detroit too. The book tower is empty and getting stripped I saw on another site pretty sad a building that historic left to rot like the rest of detroit.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:16 PM
 
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The book tower is vacant now and getting scavenged man I remember how beautiful downtown was in the 50`s-60`s along with the rest of the city. My guess for the next census is 750000-800000 people.
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:07 PM
 
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The book tower is vacant now and getting scavenged man I remember how beautiful downtown was in the 50`s-60`s along with the rest of the city. My guess for the next census is 750000-800000 people.
If the City of Detroit is currently around 918,000 people why do you think it will have such a large population decrease in 2010, if I did my math correct, your estimate would mean that the city population would decrease by 16-20% meaning it would be one of the worst drops in Detroit population history, it would be as bad as the population decrease of the 1970's.

If you look closing at Detroit's population trend (at Wikipedia) and do the math by continueing with the current trend Detroit's population you would come up with a decrease of 6.8%,
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